The Seahawks were a heavy favorite going into this past Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. In a game that was going to be decided by the run game, Dallas’ star running back led his team to the promise land, with the Cowboys coming out on top by a score of 30-23, notching his sixth consecutive 100 yard rushing game.
This week, the ‘Hawks visit a struggling division rival, a St. Louis Rams team who is 1-4 on the season.
If anyone is calling the Cowboys’ best start since 2007 a fluke, their performance against the Seahawks put those voices to rest. What better way to silence the critics than to beat the defending champions?
The average fan was expecting for Tony Romo to be decimated by the Legion of Boom. However, that was not the story that unfolded this past Sunday. When it came down to strengths and stats, this was a showdown between the top two rushing offenses – with the better run game prevailing.
DeMarco Murray has been a difference maker for Dallas this year, and was a key factor in Sunday’s game. Dallas strung together a dazzling 75 yard drive, which included an unbelievable catch by Terrance Williams, to cap off the game. Seattle’s offense did not quite get in sync. Marshawn Lynch was held without a touchdown, and amassed 61 yards. The Cowboys combined for 162 rushing yards, versus the 80 yards that the Seahawks combined for.
With Zach Miller out of action for a few more weeks, look for Seattle to be hindered in the run game. Russell Wilson was not his efficient self, as he put up a dismal 126 yards, with one interception; however, he did provide one rushing touchdown – not exactly the Russ that we’re used to.
This Week: Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams
Game Day: Sunday, October 19
Kickoff: 10 a.m. PT
This Sunday, the ‘Hawks pay a visit to a divisional foe. The Rams have had difficulty getting out of the gates this season, as they’ve had to deal with significant injuries, and are coming off a home loss at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers. The Rams blew a 14 point lead, and allowed Colin Kaepernick to have a monster day (343 yards, 3 TDs). The Seahawks have the second best rushing offence in the league, which will go up against the 26th ranked St. Louis Rams run defence. The 19th ranked Rams rushing offence will match up against the 6th best rushing defence in the league. Aerially, the Rams have been good on both sides of the ball, ranking 7th in passing offence, and 9th in passing defence.
Look for Beast Mode and company to quickly establish the run game, and set the tempo for the game in the early going. Russell Wilson should bounce back from his subpar performance, and run a clinic on the Rams defense. Don’t expect an air show from the ‘Hawks, but expect to see an efficient passing performance from Wilson. Rams running back Zac Stacy should have a tough game against the stout Seattle run defense. For a third stringer, Rams quarterback Austin Davis has surpassed expectations; however, look for The Legion of Boom to show the second year quarterback some tough love in St. Louis.
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